Topher White is an engineer with a background in physics and kinetic sculptor. Little did he know that visiting the rainforest as a tourist would spark an idea as to how to help save it. Since 2013 Topher has been working around the clock designing a device out of used cell phones to thwart deforestation in real time. This interview offers a TON of great tips for anyone in tech or science looking to contribute to real world problems and for entrepreneurs in general.
My favorite takeaways from this episode:
“When it come to applying their ideas to things that matter, especially in the tech industry there is really a focus on what is new and whats high-tech…But I really can’t underscore enough that what is new is absolutely not the most important thing to know or the most important thing to use. It’s really what’s already there that’s important.”
“We can’t save the rainforest, only they (rainforest inhabitants) can, but saving the rainforest is far more important than perhaps even driving an electric car. If you can help them do that by doing something that you take for granted then you will feel incredibly empowered and incredibly rewarded.”
Some interesting advice:
- Don’t talk too much about your big ideas before you get working on them. Studies show that talking about it can actually keep you from moving forward.